From the marble lobby to the sleek Feinstein's jazz lounge, Hotel Nikko maintains its role as one of the most elegant properties in Union Square. Appealing to both families with pets and business travelers, expect of-the-moment technological amenities, fine dining, and a state-of-the art fitness center with a glass-enclosed pool.
Crisply designed rooms please the business-traveler clientele with soothing muted tones brightened with sea tones, Bluetooth-enabled headboards, and Japanese pillowtop beds. The rates for some higher-end rooms include breakfast.
Modern bathrooms feature with sinks atop granite bases. Splurge on Imperial Club rooms for rain shower-heads and larger bathrooms.
The vast surfaces of gray-flecked white marble that dominate the Nikko's neoclassical lobby. During the winter holidays, the hotel feels like a winter wonderland. Business travelers sit by the trickling fountain, taking advantage of the zen vibe and the free Wi-Fi to get caught up on work.
The 10,000-square-foot Club Nikko fitness facility has his-and-hers dry saunas and steam rooms, and a glass-enclosed, 16-meter rooftop pool and a whirlpool.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Access to the fitness center and pool requires a one-time fee of $25 per room.
On the fifth floor, the 10,000 square foot fitness center features state-of-the-art cardio machines, elliptical machines, weights, treadmills and bikes. The fitness center also features fire pits (with S'mores kits) and an outdoor dog run for your pets.
ANZU, the hotel's restaurant, serves California-Japanese cuisine in a stark dining room. Expect Japanese styled breakfasts like miso and seafood. Sushi and grilled meats populate the lunch and dinner menus. Grab-and-go rice bowls can be found at the ANZU food truck. In the Kanpai Lounge, enjoy small bites like spicy chicken wings. Feinstein's at the Nikko allows jazz fans to enjoy tasty items like buttermilk fried chicken and coriander salmon while listening to live music.
Kanpai Lounge features a wide selection of wines and sake. Jazz fans come from around the bay to Feinstein's for live shows by living legends.
The hotel offers expensive valet parking. Travelers without a car will appreciate the hotel's proximity to Union Square, SoMa, Financial District, Tenderloin's bars, Nob Hill and Chinatown. Hop on the Muni or BART train at Powell Street Station (5-minute walk) to connect with outer neighborhoods like the Mission, Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco and Oakland Airports.
With so many restaurants nearby, the problem is only which to select. Noodle fans enjoy the big ramen bowls paired with tempura at Katana Ya (3-minute walk). Those who appreciate Indian cuisine won't find a better butter chicken than at Amber (6-minute walk).
It's not tough to score the password for Bourbon & Branch (5-minute walk)--hint check out the website--the tough part of your visit is deciding which cocktail to order in San Francisco's premiere speakeasy.